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July, and the world over the 159th
anniversary of the independence of
fhese United States is being cele
But the day has Just a little more
intimate association and meaning
to those of us who labor on The
Brownsville Herald.
It is the birthday of The Browns
ville Herald.
On July 4. 1892. Jesse O. Wheeler
established yhe Brownsville Herald
as a daily newspaper in the little
old city on the banks of the Rio
As a daily newspaper it has con
tinued for these 43 years, first un
>jt£S>the guidance of its founder, then
I th Mrs. Jesse Wheeler at the helm,
men under the present publisher—
Who let The Herald get away from
him for a few years, but pulled it
back to his ownership at the first
• • •
Wheeler envisioned for The Browns
ville Herald a future based largely
on the development of the then fron
tier country that had no railroad
None of the development that
characterizes the Valley of today—
The work of The Herald through
out the years has been largely that
of assisting in the development of
this new country.
And those who have guided the
dcstinites cf The Herald, those who
have worked on The Herald,
Have ever been keenly anxious to
contribute their bit to the forward
march of progress of the Lower Rio
Grande Valley.
were impressed with the future that
loomed for the land of their adop
tion once railroad connections were
To them must be given credit for
leading the fight to raise the $100,
000 bonus which brought the St.
Louis, Brownsville and Mexico road
into the Valley.
Perhaps it is a coincidence, but
ti.e first train to arrive in the Val
lty carrying passengers came in on
the Fourth of July, 1904, making an
«uer very good reason for the hcli
| having a real meaning to the
ople of the Valley.
• • •
reason does the Fourth of July rank
h‘gh as a holiday tc be celebrated
bj the delta country of the Rio
The fight for deep water went on
for years and years.
Water furnished the primary
transportation of the country.
Valley pioneers, many of them,
came to the country by water from
Texas or Louisiana ports to Point
And some of them continued their
Journey into the hinterlands by boat
up the Rio Grande.
• • •
sjkthe Valley persisted In their strug
IjP-s to secure deep water transpor
Finally the Brazos Island Harbor
program won the approval of the
Board of Army Engineers and was
established b' act of congress, pro
viding for deep water ports at
Brownsville and Port Isabel.
Federal cooperation was provided,
funds being ear marked for the
building of the Jetties at Brazes Pass
and for constant maintenance of the
And once again the Fourth of July
wood out as a red letter day in Val
ley history as on July 4. 1931. Presi
dent Herbert Hocver signed the Riv
ers and Harbors bill which assured
federal approval and federal funds
for deep water for the section.
• • •
jprald today changes to ‘FORTY
Our thoughts cannot but pasa the
years In review—
On down from July 4. 1892, when
Jesse WTieeler had the vision and the
ceurage to back it up—
To the present day when great
things dawn for the section, things
tar greater, we imagine, than eith
er Mr. and Mrs. Wheeler would have
dared to dream for the Valley.
That rare combination of man, he
Jrho dreams and then dares to baek
his dreams with action—
Has built the Valley.
Typical of the America that dared
to break loose from the great Mother
Nation and build for itself—
Has been the history of the devel
opment of the Valiev.
Valley holiday, separate and apart
from the interest we hold In partner
ship with the rest of the nation.
‘Man in White’Sought in Hidalgo Assassination
Man and Wife Both
Take Blame For
Another Slaying In
Starr County
(Special to The Herald*
EDINBURG. July 4— Hidalgo
county of fleets are holding one
person for Investigation in con- j
r.ectkm with the fatal shooting of
Pedro Castro. 45. Elsa man who
was shot to death near the home ;
of his daughter south of Elsa late
Tuesday night. A mysterious "man
in white” is being sought as the
gunman in the case.
Castro died from two bullet
wounds in the chest, one of which
pierced his heart. Officers thus
tar have been unable to establish
a motive for the shooting. rhe girl
being held for questioning Is Elodia
Pasado of Elsa
Officers were Informed that the
i gunman was a "man in a white
i suit.” but no further identification
was obtainable.
Jose Rodriguez and his wife. Mrs.
Anita Pena de Rodriguez, both of
whom reside near Santa Elena.
Starr county, are being held in the
Starr county jail under murder
charges after an investigation by
officers Into the death of Pedro
Mosqueda. Santa Elena fanner.
According to officers, neighbors j
of Mosqueda noticed that he had
been missing for several days and
notified Sheriff Gus Guerra’s of- -
fice. A search of hts farm revealed I
his body in a shallow grave
After considerable questioning, I
Rodrimiez admitted to officers that!
he had shot Mosqueda to death
after the latter allegedly made tm
(Continued on Page Two)
Goodrich to Be Taken From
New York to Detroit
For Trial

NEW YORK. Juyl 4. f/PV-Waiving
extradition. Merton Ward Good
rich, 27-year-old trap drummer
who confessed the pathological
murd?r of 11-year-old Lillian Gal
laher. was given into the custody
of Detroit officials Thursday.
His wife. Florence, charged with
"acting in concert" with Ooodrlch
in his flight from Detroit, also waiv
ed extradition.
The Detroit officials said they
would return with the prisoners
later Thursday, probably by train.
The extradition papers were sign
ed by Judge Morris Koenig, of
general sessions, at his home.
At the police headquarters, be
fore they were taken to Judge
Koenig's home, Goodrich proclaim
ed the complete innocence of his
wife and said she had frequently
urged him to surrender.
On leaving Judge Koenig’s home,
Goodrich displayed the first irri
tation of his incarceration When
(Continued on Page Two.)
(Special to The Herald)
board of equalization at a meeting
here Tuesday reduced city taxes
on city resident and business lots
approximately 50 per cent Those
on the board include C. J. Stott,
George R. Lochrie and S. R. Lynn.
Resident lot valuations were re
duced 50 per cent in the city under
those of 1934 and city business lots
were reduced 40 per cent over the
previous year by new valuations.
Valuations on resident and busi
ness buildings were reduced 20 per
cent under 1934 figures.
Following a reduction of delin
quent taxes by 40 per cent earlier
in the year by the county commis
sioners’ court, considerable collec
tion. have been made in Willacy
MEXICO CITY, July 4. <JP>—
Private advices from Culiacan said
Thursday that former President
Plutarcc Elias Calles has been
married for the third time.
The messages, received by an
associate of the one-time "Strong
Man" of Mexican politics, did not
tell the name of the bride, but said
she was a relative of Governor
Manuel Paes of the state of Sina
ica, of which Culiacan Is the capi
tal. Paez has three sisters and a
The former president, more than
60 years old. retired to Sinaloa
after submitting to President La
zara Cardenas In a recent politi
cal contest.
Calles’ first wife, Natalia Cha
con de Calles. left eight children
when she died, and he had two
-ons by his second wife. Lenor
Llcrente de Calles, who died three
years ago
Huey, Heavily - Guarded,
Call* Session of His
'Rubber-Stamp’ Solons
BATON ROUGE. La.. July 4. «»>—
Louisiana celebrated Independence
Day by preparing for another of
Huey Long’s special legislative ses
sions in militia-guarded Baton
Lawmakers hurried to the capital
at Senator Long's bidding to meet at
11 p. m. to pass mere lam's aimed at
the antagonistic city government of
New Orleans.
Long hopped aboard an airplane
Wednesday and sped to New Or
leans to take direct charge of state
He was asked if he would legislate
Mayor T. Semmes Walmsley of New
Orleans out of office.
“I don’t know,” he answered. “I
haven’t decided yet.”
Long said the assembly, the third
this year under martial law here,
would provide funds to pay salaries
of New Orleans police and firemen
and would furnish money for street
(Continued on Page Two.)
Hidalgo County Will
Get New Paving Work
(8p»‘dal jc The He’aid I
HARLINOEN. July 4—Contract
for 36 miles of Hidalgo county pav
ing work for $118,452 was awarded
to the Briggs-Darby Construction
company of Pharr, according to As
sociated Press dispatches from
Austin Wednesday.
Contract includes 18.1 miles of
widening and reconstruction grad
ing. drainage structures, and cali
che base, storing existing roach as
phalt. surfacing and placing single
asphalt surface treatment on high
way 66 from Edinburg city pave
ment to 17.9 miles nc%th. Work Is
a part of $1,346,178 In highway con
struction contracts.
Thursday Parley Is
Postponed by V.F.W.
Officials of the Bronsville post of
the Veterans of Foreign Wars have
announced that the organization
will not meet Thursday night as
scheduled. Though it is the reg
ular time for meeting, uncertainty
»f attendance due to various holi
day celebrations have prompted
leaders to call off the meeting. V.
F. W. ordinarily meets twice
Death of Millions of Fish
Along Padre Island Probed
—Clyde T. Reed, instructor in
charge of the A. and L College
marine biology laboratory at La
Quinta, said he hoped to ascer
tain Thursday the cause of the
death of millions of fish along
the shores of Padre Island.
Reed and Bob Parley, deputy
game, fish and oyster commis
sioner. had reached the conclu
sion that the fish were killed
probably by a rift on the ocean
floor or a slight volcanic dis
turbance which opened a sulphur
dioxide gas pocket.
Farley estimated that approxi
—ately 10.000.000 pounds of fish
were destroyed along a 40-mile
strip between Corpus Christl
pass and big shell banks. He said
such a situation was unknown In
the records of the Gulf coast.
The theory that gas caused the
death of the fish was strength
ened when fishermen and visitors
to the beaches reported that chok
ing gas waves were evident. They
said they were seized with deep,
racking coughing attacks that
continued increasingly.
First Connection By
Rail With North
Was Inaugurated In
Thirty-one years ago this Foi %
cf July, the Rio Grande Valley s..u
goodbye to the old stage coach which
fcr so many years had furnished its
only overland connection with the
outside world.
On that historic Fourth of July,
in the year 1904, residents of
Brownsville were early astir, for
Train No. 1 of the St. Louis. Browns
ville and Mexico Railroad was to
leave that morning for Corpus
Christ!, inaugurating railroad trans
portation for the Valley and connect
ing this section by rail with the
*,reat outside world.
Conductor Ed Burke gave the high
ign, and with a hiss of steam, Train
No. 1 in the history of the Valley,
pulled out of the old Brownsville de
pot, headed for the north. At the
throttle was George W. Thomas, the
engineer, with Arthur W. Moore,
brnehfT‘hT*faw of former Sheriff
Frank Brown of Cameron county, as
Arrives On Schedule
The train had been “deadheaded’
from Kingsville on July 2, remain
ing over in Brownsville the second
day to be In readiness for the start
on the morning of the Fourth.
On schedule, at 5:40 p. m.. Train
No. 1 rolled into Corpus Christ i and
Brownsville and the Valley had rail
connections at last.
Train No. 2 set out on the morn
ing of the same day from Corpus
Christi. but the people of the Val
(Continued On Page Two)
Governor Makes Bid For
Vote Against Roosevelt
For Renomination
CANTON, Ga., July 4. <*V-Gov
ernor Eugene Talmadge raised the
issue of state's rights Thursday in a
bitter speech against the Roosevelt
Here for an Independence Day
dedication of a new highway bridge,
the governor made what many ob
servers believe to be a bid for Geor
gia’s vcte against Mr. Roosevelt's
tenomination in 1936.
“States rights is the bulwark of
protection for the people of Georgia.”
he said in a prepared address “It is
also the bulwark of protection for
the pecple in New York. Maine.
California, Oregon and all of the
other states of the union.
“When the time ever comes for
the sovereignties of the several
(Continued on Page Two.)
(Special to The Herald)
RIO HONDO, July 4.—Dolores
Benavides. 9. suffered a crushed
thumb, while playing around a large
wood saw in a wood yard here.
The accident occurred when the
child was swinging cn the saw. caus
ing the blade to revolve. She \o9t
her balance and fell. the blade
crushing her finger. She was taken
Sizer amputated the crushed bone,
into Rio Hondo where Dr. E. M. A.
Movie Title
Whenever this vivacious youn*
lady is cast for a part la a screen
production it is sure to have so
Interesting title—she’s Princess
Natalis Paley. hall sister of thv
Grand Ducbass Marie of Russia
That happy smile, registered on
landing at New York. Is inspired
by the contract that lures her
Hollywood-ward to appear in the
_ movies.
Texas State Oil Plans To
Spend $700,000 On
Pro ject
(Special to The Herald)
McALLEN. July 4.—Bids will be
opened here Priday for construc
tion of Pordyoe-Port Isabel pipeline,
1700,000 project of the Texas State
Oil company, according to an
nouncements of Prank Murchison
of the firm.
Included in the project are the
pipeline at an estimated cost to be
$325,000; a refinery. $200,030 and
a terminal, $150,000 Valley Pipe
line company, the Valley Port
Refining company and the Point
Isabel Terminal company have been
formed to complete the plans for
the project.
Murchison’s organization Is to
(Continued on Page Two)
(Special to The Herald>
EDINBURG. July 4—Construc
tion of a electric light and water
system to serve Hidalgo county
buildings and Edinburg Consolid
ated Independent School District
buildings has been proposed by
County Judge John W. Ewing.
Judge Ewing requested Supt. R.
P. Ward of the school system to
discuss the matter with the school
district board of directors. He as
serted in a letter to school officials
that present rates of the Central
Power and Light company were
• excessive" and that the county
commissioners court 1* considering
Installation of Its own system. The
letter stated the oounty had paid
water bills totaling $900 from Jan
uary 15 to May 15 and power bills
amount to >600 for the same period.
Buildings served during the period
Included the courthouse, county
Jail, county old folks' home and
county detention home.
Rogers Returns To
Studio For Retakes
PORT WORTH. July 4. 04V-Will
Rogers, who spent the night here,
left by plane Thursday for Los
Angeles. Instead of .flying to Okla
homa to attend a celebration on
the Grand river about 40 miles
from Rogers’ home town of Clare
more as originally planned.
He explained that he had re
ceived word from -his film studio
for him to return at once for some
“retakes" on a picture.
“But I plan to go to Oklahoma in
w week or two," he said.
Beaches Make Bid For
Honors as Valley’s
Most Popular Place
During Holiday
rBoeclai to The Herald*
McALLEN, July 4— With an
eeLmated crowd of 25.OJ0 VaUeyites
in attendance the Fourth of July
celebration got under way Thurs
day morning at McAllen, meoca for
celebrating citizens In this section.
Forming at 9 o’clock Thursday
morning the parade, probably the
longest and most elaborate in the
history of this city’s annual cele
bration. marched through the busi
ness section of McAllen. A feature
of the parade was the appearance
of the popular Alzafar Shrine Tem
ole band from San Antonio which
; is scheduled for concerts later in
the day.
Prises Announced
Prises in the morning parade
were anonunced by the Judges as
follows: patriotic division, first,
Navy Mothers club of the Valley;
second. American Legion Auxiliary,
McAllen: third, Veterans of Foreign
Wars, McAllen Civic club divi
sion: first. McAllen Rotary; second,
McAllen Business and Professional
Womens club; third, McAllen Kl
w&nis club. Business advertising
division: first, Gilliam Brootncorn
shed; second. Hilton the Taxider
mist; third. Palm City Motor com
pany. McAllen. Business enter
prises division: first. Valley Auto
Supply company; second. Specialty
j Bakery company. McAllen; third,
Lynn Spray company. Chamber of
commerce division: Mission first:
special mention to McAllen which
was not allowed a competing entry.
Best stunts presented: first, anti
quated fire truck with offset wheels,
McAllen Fire department; second,
bucking horse. McAllen Fire de
(Continued on Page Two)
Officer Claims He Shot
After Suspect Opened
Fire First
OKEMAH, Okla.. July 4. (fh—A
man Identified by officers as John
Burleson. 36. of Henryetta. was
shot and killed by Deputy 8heriff
Roy Mogridge early Thursday.
Mogridge said he shot Burleson
after the latter ran from a parked
car new here when he stopped to
question him and then wheeled and
fired at the deputy three times
with an automatic pistol.
A youth in the car with Burleson
offered no resistance He was tak
en into custody but County At
torney O. P. Nash said no charges
■ would be filed against him and
that he probably would be released
The deputy said he and another
officer were searching for three
men believed to have been loot
ing box can of the Port Smith and
Western railroad when they came
upon the parked car.
Bill Murray Sleeps on Floor
In Retreat From Public Life
BROKEN BOW, Okla.. July 4.
(VP)—William Henry «Alfalfa Bill)
Murray s joints were a bit achy
Thursday—from sleeping on the
iloor since Monday because the
beds have not yet arrived from the
old Tishomingo homestead—but
the former governor of Oklahoma
swelled nevertheles kwitta pride as
he “settled" in his new rural re
treat from the higher-geared ave
nues of living.
In his own back to the land
movement. Murray has become a
“peasant farmer." He has donned
blue denim overalls and retired to
a little farm c« clear, quiet Yaa
hau Creek behind the hills, where
he can take off his shoes, sit on
the porch and contemplate the
goodness of life on 80 acres.
He has a cow. two hogs, a coop
of black Ancona chickens, four
horses and a mule, but “no trac
tors for me, they wont pay on a
small farm.'' There are two
wells, and a spring The farm la a
mile and a half west of here.
Only part of the household fur
niture has been moved into the
house. The remainder stood in the
yard as the 64-year-old. walrus
mustached exponent of the consti
tution and simple living sat with
stockinged feet on the center of the
floor of his front porch.
"It will be restful here." he
drawled In his deep bass "Away
from public life and publicity. I
don’t intend to engage in any busi
ness. and at this time I don't in
intend to enter any race for any
office next fall.'’
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Retiring "Big Shot"
Prank Costello had always man
aged to evade publicity and press
photographers until federal agents
arrested him in New York and
charged him with being master
mind of nation-wide stolen-goods
disposal ring. He has been identi
fied with New York underworld in
a big way for years.
Postoffice Records Reveal
General Uptrends In
City's Business
Statistics released by assistant
postmaster C. C. Stewart in the
absence of Pastmaster WUliam T.
Burnette for the government fls
ca‘ year ending June 3C, 1935. show
that the post office at Brownsville
registered an increase of $9,826.25
ever the previous period.
Prom July 1, 1933. to June 30.
1934 total post office receipts at
the Brownsville station stood at
$51.273 74. In the year from July
1, 1934 to June 30. 1935. post office
receipts had mounted to $61.099 99.
This sum represents a gain of ap
proximately 20 per oent.
Asked what was responsible for
the increase. Assistant Postmaster
Stewart attributed the greater rev
enue to a sizable amount of special
mailing due to Increased business
which has been done by Browns
ville citizens during the fiscal
year which has Just closed. Queried
concerning what effect the "dime
letter" craze might have had on
the 20 per cent increase in post
office business, the assistant post
master characterized it as negligi
ble In the absence of Postmaster
Burnette, who is away on a three
weeks vacation. Stewart released the
statistical information Wednesday
Wire Flashes
it was revealed Thursday, has
asked the United States to con
sider some way of persuading
Italy to observe its commitments
under the Kellogg part.
Spider Bites Youth
RIO HONDO. July 4.—Ernest
Taulbert, resident of the Monte
Grande district, is recuperating
from a spider bite. Young Taulbert
was bitten late Monday afternoon
and was brought into Rio Hondo for
medical treatment at midnight.
No trace of the spider was found
but reactions point to a spider bite,
according to attending physicians.
Blaze Last July 9 In
Same Location In
State Houae Caused
SPRINO FIELD 111.. July 4.—
—Fire broke out In the Illinois
state house Thursday morning on
tlie fourth floor above the house of \
representatives. The fire depart
ment. called out at full strength,
started pouring water Into the scene
of the blaze as smote poured out
from the south wing of the building.
First indications were that the
fire was not as serious as the blaze
that, caused considerable damage In
the same portion of the state house
on 8unday. July 9. 1933.
The flames appeared to be in the
fifth or sixth floor, in the vicinity
of the state architect’s office.
Water poured through the ceil
ing into the house chamber, for
which the recent legislative session
appropriated $45,000 to repair dam
ages caused by the 1933 tire.
Schlaet Uninjured In
Crash Of Airplane
Word was receive*! by Browns
ville friends late Wednesday of a
recent airplane crash of Carl D.
Schlaet, of Tampico. Schlaet and
his companion in the plane at the
time of the wreck. J. H Hall, head
I of the Texas company in Mexico,
were uninjured when their plans
tipped over Schlaet is especially
' well known In Brownsville, having
cleared through the airport here
frequently in the past few yean.
The two men were flving in
Schlaet’* Waco cabin bi-plane over
the oil fields south of Tampico
when they were forced to make a
landing In a small clearance in the
tangle The turf, which was wet
and boggy, caused the plane to
rose over in the attempted landing
and reports were that it was badly
damaged though the men them
selves escaped Injury
Bank Clearings A**e
At Four Year High
NEW YORK. Julv 4.—W— The
highest bank clearings in nearly
: tour years in the 22 leading cities
of the United States were reported
Thursday bv Dun Ar Bradstreet for
the week ended Wednesday.
The total was 16 812 874.000 com
pered with 14 516 592 000 for the
reek ended July 4 1934. a gain of
50j> ner cent over the ftve-dav week
of 1934 in which Independence day
Report Nerro Lynched
Rumors that Adam Avie. negro ac
cused of attempting to attack a white
woman, had been mutilated and
lunched were circulated here Thurs
day flowing his removal from JaU
bv a rr ob.
The sheriff chief of police, de
puties vnd other <-fdeh,« were un
available for comment and inquir
er* were told that they could not be
Brownsville The Capitol—Patricia
Ellis and Buster Crabbe in 'Hold Em
Yale.” The Queen—Charles Butter
worth and Una Merkle In "Baby Face
Harrington'' The Dtitmann—WUllaot
Cagney and June Coder in "Loe* la
the Stratosphere '•
San Benito: The Rlvoll—Robert Young
and Evelyn Venable In ''Vagabond
Lady "
Harlingen The Arcadia- Mona Barrie
and Gilbert Roland in "Ladles Love
Danger “ The Rialto—Oeorge Raft and
Carole Lombard In "Rumba.''
La Perl a: The Bijou—Mae West tn
**Ooin' to Town.’*
Raymondvtlle: The Ramon—Mae West
and Paul Cavanaugh In "Qoln* to
Donna: The Plaaa—Frederic March
and Charles Laughton in "Les Miser
able* "
San Juan: The San Juan—Shirley
Temple. Rosemary Ames and Josl Mc
Crea tn “Our Little Glrl.“
Mercedes: Ths Csplto —Robert Young
and Evelyn Venable tn "Vagabond
Weslaco The Rita—James Dunn. Maa
Clark and Nell Hamilton tn “The Dar
ing Young Man."
McAllen The Palace—Joe 1. Browh
in "Alibi Ike.'* The Queen-Rlchard
Cromwell and Btllle Seward in "lira
of the Hour.**
Mission The Mission —Shirley Tem
ple. Joel McCrea and Rosemary Ames
in "Our Little Girt"
Home-Delivered Circulation of The Brownsville Herald Is More Than Double That of Any Newspaper in the Valley

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